male silhouette.This week's panelists: Art Berman, Anas Alhajji and Patricia Hemsworth

  • Anas Alhajji on pricing oil in USD vs. other currencies
  • Pat Hemsworth on finished product inventories as refinery maintenance season winds downTopic 3
  • Art Berman on sustainability/growth of U.S. shale production
  • Iran/Geopolitical Risk Update
  • Why are front-month oil prices trading flat-to-down even as backwardation steepens in forward curves?
  • Brent-WTI Spread: What’s driving it to such a wide discount ($9.49 as of today’s close), and what comes next?

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Arthur Berman

Arthur E. Berman is a geological consultant with thirty-seven years of experience in petroleum exploration and production. He currently is consulting for several E&P companies and capital groups in the energy sector. He frequently gives keynote addresses for investment conferences, boards of directors and professional societies.  He is often interviewed about energy topics on television, radio, and national print and web publications including CNBC, CNN, CBC, BNN,, Bloomberg, Platt’s, Financial Times, and New York Times. He is a Director of ASPO-USA (Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA). He was a Managing Director and  frequent contributor at The Oil Drum, and is an associate editor of the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Bulletin. He was past Editor of the Houston Geological Society Bulletin (2004-2005) and past Vice-President of the Society (2008-2009). He has published more than 100 articles on geology, technology, and the petroleum industry during the past 5 years.

Dr. Anas F. Alhajji

Dr. Anas F. Alhajji is a highly respected energy economist, researcher, writer and a speaker with more than 900 papers, articles and columns to his credit . He focuses on oil and gas market outlook, energy geopolitics, energy security, and the impact of disruptive technologies on the supply and demand of energy.

Before his recent role as a Managing Partner at Energy Outlook Advisors LLC, he was the former Chief Economist of NGP Energy Capital Management. He led the Firm’s macro-analysis of the oil, natural gas and related markets as well as the overall economic environment. He was responsible for the short-term and long term outlooks for oil, natural gas, NGLs, and LNG markets.

Dr. Alhajji’s articles appeared in numerous countries in more than 10 languages, and his work is cited in over 60 books. He has addressed numerous companies, institutions, and national and international organizations. He also serves on the board of several energy-related publications. He is a contributing editor for the one of the industry’s premier publications: World Oil. He is also the moderator of the industry’s oldest virtual Forum: Oil, Gas, & Energy Law (OGEL)

Prior to joining NGP, Dr. Alhajji taught economics at the University of Oklahoma (1995 to 1997), the Colorado School of Mines (1997 to 2001), and Ohio Northern University (2001 to 2008), where he held the George Patton Chair of Business and Economics. Dr. Alhajji taught courses in economics, energy economics and policy, and energy geopolitics.
Dr. Alhajji was educated in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. He holds M.A. in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, with a specialization in energy economics and policy. He received many awards including the Teaching Excellence Award and the Outstanding Mentor Award in addition to many prizes in woodworking.

Patricia Hemsworth

Patricia A. Hemsworth is a SVP at Paragon Global Markets where she works with commercial energy clients to help them devise and execute hedging strategies.  She is particularly involved with the hedging the exposure of refineries and works as well with product distributors and traders and works with the value chain of biofuels as well.   Patricia also has been an official at both the ICE/NYBOT where she was managing director, responsible for product development.  She led a product marketing and research team at Aquila Energy Trade; she was also Director, Power, natural gas and coal product development and marketing at NYMEX.  She has worked in commodity derivatives product development, marketing and consulting over her 30+ year career.  Her experience also includes managing several energy trading/brokerage efforts at several banks.  She can be found on twitter @phemsworth or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..